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Joint Research Center and SCK-CEN - CLOSED
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. The Joint Research Center in Geel has several nuclear facilities, including unique accelerators facilities for linear electron accelerator and tandem accelerator based on fast neutron. The visit will start with a presentation of the research activities in JRC Geel followed by the visit of the GELINA and MONNET accelerators. GELINA is the neutron time-of-flight facility for high-resolution neutron measurements. GELINA combines four specially designed and distinct units: a high-power pulsed linear electron accelerator, a post-accelerating beam compression magnet system, a mercury-cooled uranium target, and flight paths with measurement equipment. GELINA is one of the first JRC research infrastructure providing open access to Member State researchers allowing a variety of nuclear measurements. MONNET is the Tandem accelerator based fast neutron source. The MONNET facility is a 3.5 MV electrostatic accelerator for the production of continuous and pulsed proton-, deuteron- and helium ion beams.
SCK•CEN is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. Every day, more than 750 employees dedicate themselves to developing peaceful applications of radioactivity. SCK•CEN developments have already resulted in a long list of innovative and forward-looking applications for the medical world, industry and the energy sector. The Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK•CEN will open its door to show us the Myrrha workshop and the biology department.
Visit of MYRRHA Technology: The Liquid Bismuth Eutectic Lab Since the beginning of the MYRRHA project in 1998, SCK•CEN has launched a strong R&D support programme to address the main design challenges, in particular those related to the use of liquid Lead-Bismuth Eutectic (LBE) as reactor coolant and spallation target. In this frame SCK•CEN has constructed and commissioned various LBE test facilities such as HELIOS3 (HEavy LIquid metal Oxygen conditioning System), MEXICO (Mass EXchange In Continuous Operation), CRAFT (Corrosion Research for Advanced fast Reactor Technologies), LIMETS (LIquid METal conditioning System), RHAPTER (Remote HAndling Proof of principle TEst Rig), COMPLOT (COMPonents LOop Testing) and E-SCAPE (European SCAle Pool Experiment), etc. These facilities are used for the qualification of the key materials and components of MYRRHA.
Radiobiology Unit│GKD The Radiobiology unit assesses the potential risk linked to low radiation doses for the body. Special attention is given to the sensitivity of the developing organism and to individual susceptibility. This research contributes to public health by providing the scientific basis for radioprotection, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine. The unit also studies the effects of exposition to low radiation doses at cell and molecule levels in order to determine the effects on health, the influence of radiation on the developing organism and the biological effects of medical use of radiation and radioactive materials. Furthermore, the scientists within the unit proceed to the epidemiological follow-up of nuclear workers and the inhabitants in the vicinity of nuclear facilities.
Microbiology│GKD The Microbiology unit carries out studies on the behavior of bacteria in extreme environments (space, Antarctica platform, heavily contaminated soils) and the use of bacteria in water and waste recycling as well as in oxygen and food production in preparation for long-term space missions. Their scientists contribute to the ESA space programme by performing research on biological effects of space conditions on man and bacteria and on the sustainability of biological life-support systems.
COVRA and Borssele NPP - FULL
In the Netherlands, there are about 200 producers of radioactive waste. All of the radioactive waste is collected and for at least 100 years conditioned, stored and managed in accordance with national policies at a central location by a single organization: COVRA. COVRA, the Central Organization for Radioactive Waste, was established in 1982 and is located in Nieuwdorp in Zeeland. COVRA is responsible for the collecting, processing and storage of radioactive waste. All types of radioactive waste are stored aboveground for at least 100 years. After that period, for the part of the waste that is still radioactive, disposal is foreseen. COVRA carries out the work with circa sixty employees. They work together to continuous provide care for all radioactive waste in the Netherlands. These sixty people perform different tasks including maintaining and securing the buildings, collecting of radioactive waste, investigating how radioactive waste can be disposed of in the future or ensuring good communication at the outside world.The visit will start with a 3-D company movie and a short tour through the information center. We will visit the storage building for low and intermediate level waste and the building for treatment and storage of high radioactive waste (HABOG).
Borssele Nuclear Power Plant is the only active commercial nuclear reactor in Netherlands and produces 4% of NL’s electricity. It is operation since 1973 and actually produces 485 MWe. The visit of Borssele Nuclear Power Plant is still under finalization. The power plant will be in outage the day of the visit
TRASIS and Westinghouse - CLOSED
At Trasis our primary focus is allowing the medical community to access new radiolabelled therapeutic and diagnostic substances easier and faster. For this purpose, we design, manufacture, sell and support high performance synthesizers, dose preparation equipment, their shielding and accessories. We also develop customized process, instruments and consumables. We can provide GMP Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and assist our customers with their regulatory affairs. Our proven radiopharmaceutical expertise, coupled with our high-end instruments allows us to provide fully integrated solutions for effective tracer production and faster transition from drug development to marketing authorization. Our equipment is used worldwide in nuclear medicine departments, research centers, radiopharmaceutical production facilities and pharmaceutical companies. The visit will cover detailed explanations on the different “point of interest” at Trasis, like Production, Customer service, R&D chemist and engineer department. The group will be able to see the machines (synthesizers, dose preparation equipment), the clean room and how the whole structure works, from conceiving to manufacturing the machines, improve and repair them, sell them and following the customer’s needs.
Westinghouse Electric Company, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and designer of more than 50% of the operating nuclear power plants in the world, chose Belgium to establish itself in Europe back in 1971. Its current location is in the Nivelles Sud business park. The Nivelles site has grown significantly since its establishment and has become one of the largest controlled radioactive (X-ray) maintenance and storage center in Europe. More than 7000 m² have been built since 2010. Becoming one of the world leaders in nuclear technology, Westinghouse today has 12,000 employees worldwide, building state-of-the-art power plants and providing engineering and maintenance services to power plants in operation, as well as nuclear fuel. Westinghouse invites you to discover activities in the field of nuclear energy production: from the design to the maintenance of nuclear equipment, demonstrations of inspection robots, logistics and a modern Workshop of nearly 3,000 m² dedicated to the maintenance, repair and machining of large components of nuclear power plants.
Ghent University and ABC Engines - CLOSED
Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) located in Gent, Belgium, is a leading European manufacturer of medium-speed engines in the power range between 600 and 10,400 kW. The company develops and manufactures reliable and innovative medium-speed engines for the energy and transport industry (propulsion engines and generating sets for marine applications and diesel-hydraulic or diesel-electric engines for locomotive traction applications).
ABC won an international tender to supply emergency diesel generating sets for various nuclear power plants of Electricité de France (EDF), with 36 emergency diesel gensets in 11 different locations in France.
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Gravelines NPP and Ghent University - CLOSED
The Gravelines Nuclear Power Station is one of the largest nuclear power stations (the seventh largest) in the world, and the largest in Western Europe. It is located near the commune of Gravelines in Nord, France, approximately 20 km (12 mi) from Dunkerque and Calais. Its cooling water comes from the North Sea. The plant consists of 6 nuclear reactors of 900 MW each. In 2017 the plant produced 31.67 TWh of electric energy, 5.9% of French electricity production. Two reactors entered service in 1980, two in 1981, and two in 1985.